Currituck County rose to fame as a vacation destination in the early 1900s because of its exceptional duck and waterfowl hunting, and off-season visitors will find ample opportunities to enjoy these same fantastic hunting conditions today.

Before you go, be sure to brush up on the following information regarding permits, applications, seasons, and bag limits, to ensure a good (and completely legal) time.

Where to Hunt

The bulk of hunting in Currituck County takes place along or in the Currituck Sound. On the mainland, hunters can explore the Hog Quarter Landing off of Spot Road, or the regions near Piney Island and the adjacent Church Island. All of these regions are located just off of US 158 and are easily accessible.

The Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, a very popular hunting destination, can be accessed by driving down from the state of Virginia or by taking the 45 minute free Knotts Island Ferry, which departs daily 4-6 times per day from the town of Currituck. Note that the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge is generally open for hunters from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. in season.

On the beaches, the best hunting is within the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, which is divided into four distinct units: the South Marsh Unit, the Swan Landing Unit, the Station Landing Unit and the Currituck Marsh Unit.

  • The South Marsh Unit is located at the southern edge of the refuge, close to the town borders of Corolla. This region includes several marshy islands in the sound.
  • The Swan Landing Unit is located in the center of the refuge and is one of the larger on-land parcels. Though it borders the sound, there are a limited number of outlaying islands for duck blinds or concealed skiffs.
  • The Station Landing Unit is the smallest parcel of terrain and is located close to the residential area of Carova.
  • The Currituck Marsh Unit is almost strictly comprises of islands, which are among the largest in the region and border both the barrier island as well as the Mackay National Wildlife Refuge.

Please note that a boat or a 4WD vehicle is required to access the majority of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge.

A complete map of the region, provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) can be found online at

The Geography of Currituck County Hunting Grounds

Big and small game hunters will want to stick to the wooded areas - of which there are many, both within the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge and the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. These regions are large parcels of maritime forest that are thick with cedars, live oaks, pines, and other evergreen trees, and while there are a handful of rustic nature trails throughout both refuges, the terrain is rugged.

Waterfowl hunters will want to head to the Currituck Sound. A series of marshy islands can be found throughout the sound, (close to both refuges), and the mainland borders miles of open water for easier-to-navigate terrain.

What to Hunt in Currituck County

Currituck County is best known for duck hunting, and a number of species can be targeted in the area including teal, pintails, mallards, black ducks, blackheads, ruddy ducks, buffleheads, canvasbacks, and redheads. Ducks are best found in various water-based habitats in the county, from open water regions to marsh estuaries and grassy flats.

Small and big game hunting is also popular in the county, particularly in the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. Deer, feral pigs, squirrels, rabbits, and other smaller species can often be found, especially in the densely wooded regions.

Hunting Seasons, Rules and Regulations.

Currituck County is unique in that its hunting is regulated by both the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) as well as the Currituck Game Commission.

As a result, hunters will want to keep the following regulations and rules in mind when visiting Currituck County.

  • A NCWRC Hunting License is required to hunt in Currituck County. This license can be picked up at the Outer Banks Center for Education in Corolla, (next to the Whalehead in Historic Corolla), or can be purchased online at
  • Seasons vary from year to year, but mainly fall between the months of October through January. Seasons also vary by species, and hunters can find an updated schedule on the NCWRC's website at
  • A special blind license is required to construct and / or use a duck blink in Currituck County. Blind permits are administered and granted by the Currituck Game Commission, and complete information on rules regarding duck blinds, as well as forms for new applicants, can be found online at may be required to hunt in the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, and can be obtained via mail or in person at the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center on Knott's Island. Information on obtaining a permit, as well as associated fees and a printable application, can also be found online at
  • A deer hunting permit may be required to hunt in the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. The permit can be found online at, and more regulation-specific information can be found online at

Regardless of where a hunter explores in Currituck County, the following guidelines generally apply throughout the area, and in both National Wildlife Refuges.

  • While 4WD vehicles are often required to access certain hunting grounds, use of ATV's and any other unlicensed and unregistered vehicles are prohibited.
  • Hunting is not allowed outside designated areas, or within 300' feet of the refuge office(s.)
  • Carrying a loaded firearm or bow on or within 50' feet of gravel roads is prohibited.
  • Shooting from a vehicle or shooting on or across roads or roadways is prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages are generally not allowed within the refuge and hunting areas.
  • Hunters may not camp or leave a portable stand out overnight in the refuges.
  • Hunters may not dump animal parts within 100' feet of roads, wetlands and waterways.
  • Blazing, or marking trees and vegetation with flags or other markers, is prohibited.
  • All hunters must wear blaze orange.
  • All hunters are subject to inspections of permits, licenses, tags, hunting equipment, bag limits, boats, vehicles, and their contents during compliance checks by Refuge Officers, North Carolina Wildlife Officers, and any state or local law enforcement officer.

For a complete list of laws as well as current bag limits by species, visit the NCWRC website at

Hunting Guide Services

Currituck's tourism economy was initially built on the income produced by local hunting guides, and there are still a number of hunting guide services that serve the waterfront regions of Currituck County.

Hunters can typically book a half-day or full-day trip, and prices vary both by the length of the excursion, as well as the type of game.

For example, waterfowl hunting and boating trips tend to be more expensive, due to the extra costs of gas, wear and tear, and general boat maintenance.

Advanced reservations are required, and most guide services can cater to parties of 1-6 hunters. A sample of the hunting guide services in Currituck County is listed below.

  • Fourth Generation Outfitters of North Carolina - 252-453-8243 or 252-619-2880
  • Franks Guide Service of Walnut Island Sports Center - 252-453-2261
  • Cutawhiskie Creek Outfitters - 252-333-2279
  • East Coast Charters - 252-714-1467
  • Monquin Creek Outfitters - 804-337-8247
  • River To Woods Guide Service - 919-201-8054
  • Lonely Pines Hunt Club - 252-207-3272




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Brew Thru

Brew Thru

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without cruising through Brew Thru, the Outer Banks’ original drive thru convenience store. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing cold beverage of Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks on the go, stocking up your cooler with refreshments to enjoy at the beach or piling up on beer and wine for a party, Brew Thru is a fun and unique experience all vacationers need to see for themselves.

Drive-Through Beer & Gear

Brew Thru is Your One-Stop Shop at the Beach

The year was 1977, and Dana and Becky Lawrentz were chatting with friends over brews in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. They got to talking about a gas station convenience store in the area that had built a makeshift drive-through. Everyone agreed it would be pretty great if you could actually drive through a convenience store and pick up everything you needed without getting out of the car. But what would you call a place like that?

Well, you’d call it a Brew Thru.

It was an idea they couldn’t shake, so the Lawrentzes moved to the Outer Banks and built the first Brew Thru with the help of a partner. The idea was that people could come buy everything they would need for their trip to the beach—beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, ice—without getting out of the car. That same year, a t-shirt salesman visiting the store and talked them into adding t-shirts to their product line—and 44 years later there are now more than five million Brew Thru t-shirts out in the wild.

The Lawrentzes’ daughter Brandy and her husband Philip Foreman purchased the business from them in 2002, and they now operate five locations across the Outer Banks.“We love being the one-stop shop for folks on the way to their beach house,” Foreman says. “Our car tenders are the friendliest people at the beach. We’re here to greet you, get you everything you need for your trip, load it up in the trunk for you, and have you leaving with a smile on your face.”

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“Our family has been welcoming people to the Outer Banks since 1977,” Foreman says. “We love this beautiful place, and we want everybody to get to enjoy it.”

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